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DESA, UNCRD Build Disaster Management Capacity in SIDS Municipalities [viewed]

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with various partners, organized a capacity-building seminar for stakeholders to discuss vulnerabilities and challenges faced by SIDS municipalities regarding the increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters, the impacts of sea-level rise and other climate-related risks.

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UNESCO IPDC Urges Inclusion of Media, Freedom of Expression in Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

Members of the Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) expressed disappointment that “media and freedom of expression are not at the heart of the future development agenda but only in the periphery,” in a decision of the Council's 29th session. The proceedings reflected on advocacy efforts around media and the post-2015 development agenda, and agreed on the importance of continuing to urge the inclusion of media and freedom of expression during negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.

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DESA, NGLS Establishing Post-2015 Stakeholder Steering Committee[viewed]

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) have called for applications from NGO representatives to be a part of a Post-2015 Stakeholder Steering Committee. The Committee will engage in planning for a preparatory forum for intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, in order to attract a broad and diverse coalition of stakeholders to participate in the preparatory forum, as well as the intergovernmental negotiations.

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Open Government Partnership of the Americas Recommends Goal 16 Targets[viewed]

Representatives of governments and civil society organizations gathered at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Regional Meeting for the Americas called on the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to include targets related to accountability, access to justice and transparency in Goal 16 of the post-2015 development agenda, underscoring the role of such targets in promoting national implementation of commitments.

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OAS, UNEP Increase Cooperation on Environmental Rule of Law[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Organization of American States (OAS) signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on fostering sustainable development and cooperate on implementation of environmental rule of law. The MoU was signed at the UN's Global South-South Development Expo, in Washington, DC, US. The agreement seeks to build on the cooperation begun by OAS and UNEP in the lead-up to the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the World Conference on Justice, Governance, and Law for Environmental Sustainability.

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CBD Holds Final Consultations on State of Knowledge on Biodiversity and Human Health[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has conducted the final consultation for the publication, ‘Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health: A State of Knowledge Review,' at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which took place in Sydney, Australia from 12-19 November 2014. The publication will be the culmination of a joint CBD and World Health Organization (WHO) work program on biodiversity and human health.

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Policy Update #4: The Sustainable Development Landscape: Journey to the Post-2015 Development Agenda[viewed]

When the 69th UN General Assembly opened in September, negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda remained an abstract concept in many ways.

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Pacific Consultation Acknowledges “Unique Context” for Post-2015 Development[viewed]

A consultation among Pacific Island States determined that implementing the post-2015 development agenda will require tailoring of development approaches to countries' unique geographic, environmental, cultural and social contexts. Participants in the Pacific Consultation on Progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda said such tailoring must take into account existing regional platforms for development cooperation, trade arrangements, and technology needs.

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Nepalese Communities to Form Civil Society Mountain Initiative[viewed]

Participants called for addressing climate change and improving the livelihoods of mountain peoples in the Rara Declaration, which was agreed upon at a conference in Rara, Nepal. Participants also agreed to form the Nepalese Civil Society Mountain Initiative (NCSMI), which will, inter alia, advocate for mountain issues in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and UN meetings on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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LAC Review Supports Mainstreaming Gender, Human Rights in Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

Delegates from 21 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean reaffirmed their commitment to the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) and to removing barriers to women's active participation in public and private life. In an Outcome Statement, the region's governments also call for a specific target on gender equality in the post-2015 development agenda, and for mainstreaming gender and human rights in all the objectives, targets and indicators.

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